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Posted by: Andrew Perkey (ID *****1910) Date: August 31, 2012 at 05:24:08
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I am only an amateur historian, and an inconsistent one at that. This should probably be taken with a healthy amount of skepticism, although there is undeniable consistency in the results of my research. Apparently our surname is an Americanization of the Swiss-German name Burgi, or in some cases Burgy, although I believe the "i" ending is more fundamental. The "u" in this name has two dots over it, but I am presently too unfamiliar with Germanic phonics to know how else to describe it. However, I know enough to suggest that the "i" became a "y" as a result of integration into celtic (english?) society. It seems to me that relocation to America, combined with a general lack of consistency in 18th-Century transcriptions of Enflish, has allowed family nomenclature to become convoluted. The main difficulty I've found is actually creating a linear trace (family tree) back to the original name.

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